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Raikkonen move “a bit too much,” says Bottas

Valtteri Bottas insists that he didn’t expect that Kimi Raikkonen would try a last lap passing move in Sochi, given how far behind the Ferrari driver was.

After the pair made contact Bottas slid into the barrier and lost his third place, and a penalty for Raikkonen that dropped him from fifth to eighth provided little compensation to the frustrated Williams man.

“I’d just got past Perez and I was approaching Turn 4 and suddenly when I turned into the apex someone hit me from the back,” said Bottas. “That’s it really. It’s disappointing, it ruined my day. I can say that I can happily look in the mirror and say it was not my fault.

“I was not expecting a move like this from him, but now it’s done, zero points, and it’s very disappointing. I was approaching the corner in a normal way, and I saw in Turn 3 he was quite far away, so no way he could pass me there if I do my standard line. I think this was a bit too much. It’s a fine line, but it was a bit too much.

“I don’t know what the thinking was behind it really, doing it there and the last lap, and that far away. It was not too bad a race until then, running third on the last lap. It’s just a shame it ended that way.”

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Bottas the man on every top F1 team’s shopping list

Valtteri Bottas continues to figure high on the shopping lists of leading teams that might be looking for a change of driver in the future.

The Finn underlined his position as the man that all team bosses are watching by holding off Sebastian Vettel in the closing laps in Bahrain, and then doing the same with Kimi Raikkonen in Spain. Despite missing the first race in Australia the Williams driver lies fifth in the World Championship, ahead of team mate Felipe Massa.

His manager Didier Coton says that while there is no substance to the recent stories linking the Finn to Ferrari it does no harm to have Bottas recognised as the man in demand.

“For a driver like Valtteri it’s a nice return on the sacrifice and commitment that he’s put into the sport and into his driving,” Coton told this writer. “It’s all positive. Frankly speaking what people call the ‘silly season’ is not on yet’, so let’s stay relaxed about it. What happened last week [with Ferrari], I don’t know where it came from. It’s a rumour, and it was launched by I don’t know who.

“Personally I consider that Williams is a top team. Valtteri is with Williams and he’s concentrating on that. We saw again in Spain that he did a great race, and we will continue to speak with them, and see after.

“Our job is to look at what he wants to achieve, and it’s our job to help him to achieve that. Sometimes it’s a long term objective, it’s not something that will happen in one year, it may happen in two years or three years. So the most important thing is to build a path to that objective, even if it takes a bit more time.”

Coton indicated that it would be wrong to assume that Bottas has no ongoing ties with Williams after this season: “I cannot go into details of contracts, but you have free agents and free agents.”

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Valtteri Bottas: “I really felt like someone had put in a knife…”

Valtteri Bottas has been passed fit to race in Malaysia by the FIA, and the Finn is confident that he won’t have any more problems.

Williams has adjusted the seat and pedal positions in order to put less pressure on his back.

“It’s good, no pain, so that’s nice,” he said. “The end of last week I could do something without pain, and during the weekend I could do some training, swimming and cross training, without any pain. The recovery was really good. We did everything we can in this short period of time, but luckily it was two weeks, and I feel confident to go back in the car.”

Regarding the cause he said: “We have a good idea, so we have changed the seat and pedal position quite a reasonable amount so the back is in a more neutral position in the car, so less pressure for the discs. We’re confident that it should be it.

“I’ve never had any problems before with the lower back, and obviously that kind of thing takes a bit of time to build up. There was no warning, it just went suddenly, I never had any pain before. It was maximum braking into Turn 13, and it was the last timed lap of qualy 2. I really felt like someone had put in a knife, and then it was ramping up, the pain, until midnight. Luckily then it started to ease off during the night and then in the morning I would have been ready to race.”

Bottas said he wanted to race but had to accept the FIA decision in Melbourne.

“I passed the tests, but they had all the access to the material we got from the hospital, the MRI and all that stuff, and maybe they thought it was just better in the longer term. Which could be true, but it as very disappointing not to able to race, but I respect the decision from the FIA. Now they say I’m feet to race, which I also feel, which is good.”

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Bottas participation still unsure after spending a night in hospital

Valtteri Bottas may miss the Australian GP after a back injury led to him spending the night in hospital.

A decision on his participation in the race will be made in conjunction with the FIA.

A team statement said: “He was transferred to Albert Hospital in Melbourne for further precautionary scans which revealed that Valtteri had sustained some soft tissue damage in his lower back.

“He remained in hospital overnight and following a restful night is now working with a physiotherapist prior to final assessment by the FIA in the early afternoon to determine whether he will be able to race later today. The team will release a further update as information is available.”

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Grid penalties for Bottas and Gutierrez

Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Gutierrez will both take five-place grid penalties in Australia after being forced to change their gearboxes.

All teams put their race gearboxes in for today, and both drivers suffered problems almost immediately having recorded only two laps apiece. Their teams have confirmed that they will need a change.

Under the 2014 rules gearboxes are required to complete six consecutive Saturday/Sundays. Gearbox use remains free on Fridays.

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